Guidance for parish and town councils and local communities to prepare a neighbourhood development plan for their area, which can set out specific planning policies.
There are currently no applications for neighbourhood area designation that are being considered.
- Under revised neighbourhood planning regulations which came into force in October 2016, where an application for the designation of a neighbourhood area is from a parish or town council and is for the whole of the parish or town council area, publicity on the application is not required. The neighbourhood area is approved once the content of the application has been checked to ensure it is a valid application.
Approved neighbourhood areas and forums
|Neighbourhood area||Applicant||Date of approval||Coverage|
|Newsome||Newsome Ward Community Forum||12th August 2014||Newsome area map|
|Holme Valley||Holme Valley Parish Council||27 January 2015
Kirklees Council Cabinet
13 February 2015
Peak District National Park Authority
|Holme Valley area map|
|Kirkheaton||Kirkburton Parish Council||8 March 2016||Kirkheaton area map|
|Mirfield||Mirfield Town Council||19 December 2016||Mirfield neighbourhood area|
|Neighbourhood forum||Applicant||Date of approval|
|Newsome Ward Community Forum||Newsome Ward Community Forum||12th August 2014|
The elements of neighbourhood planning are Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
Neighbourhood development plans
Allow the local community to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in a neighbourhood, for example, where new homes and business can be built and what they should look like.
They can be general or more detailed, depending on what is important to the local community. However, they must be in conformity with the strategic policies in the Local Plan and should not be used to promote a lower level of development.
Key stages and getting started
Neighbourhood development orders
Can grant planning permission for specified developments in a neighbourhood area, for example, certain types of household extensions, shop fronts, 'green energy' proposals.
Where there is a neighbourhood development order in place there would be no need to apply to the council for planning permission for the development it covers.
Community right to build
Allows local communities to undertake small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments. Homes, shops, businesses or community facilities could be built without going through the normal planning application process.